the ypsi mayoral debate: date set, broadcast planned, web person needed

Things are moving forward with regard to the Ypsi Mayoral Debate I’ve been talking about. We’ve confirmed it for EMU’s McKinney Union on the evening of July 27, and we have a commitment from our local NPR affiliate, WEMU, to cover the event and play extended excerpts over the following days… I was told by WEMU’s News Director that they used to have McKinney Union wired so that they could do live broadcasts from there fairly easily, but that those lines were torn out during recent renovations. Doing a live broadcast now would require new ISDN lines to be installed, and, given current restraints on spending, it doesn’t look as though that’s a possibility. So, what this means is that we’ll have a truncated version on-air the following day, and a podcast of the entire event available on our website – assuming that we can manage to get a website launched… Which brings me to our problem.


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  1. schutzman
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but if this were a true experiment in democracy, wouldn’t there have first been a committee formed to set up a series of public debates which would then determine who would best represent the “local net-roots community” on the Ypsilanti Mayoral Debate Committee?

  2. mark
    Posted June 23, 2006 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t say that I was “officially represnting” the net-roots community. If I had, then, yes, I suppose I would have had to first define what the hell the local net-roots community is, then identify the people in it, and then call them together for some kind of vote. Of course, by time we went through the process, the Mayor would have already been elected.

    (I’m taking a vacation day today… Right now, I’m trying to get Clementine to take her nap.)

    (I should also point out that I’ve edited to the post so that it no longer reads that I “represent the net-roots community,” but, instead, that I’m “the only representative from the net-roots community thus far.” As I’ve mentioned before, others are welcome to join us in the planning of this event.)

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